The past few months have been a bit of a period of changing things around here on the blog, as we had the Carina Countdown, and then we had a month of launch posts. So starting in July, I created a new blogging schedule and recruited some help (in the form of a post from a different acquisitions team member every week). Tuesdays and Wednesdays are dedicated to the authors with releases that week. But Fridays, I’m supposed to blog on Fridays.
I didn’t remember I was supposed to post on Friday until yesterday afternoon. At which point, I figured I might as well save it for today, because what we’d had planned for Mondays hasn’t worked out so well to date either. Running a team blog is a little bit challenging. Running a team blog when even the person running it has memory lapses…even more challenging!
But it’s been awhile since I’ve done any kind of update post, so now seems a good time.
In a very behind-the-scenes update, I’ll tell you that I’m once again getting ready to bring on more new freelance content editors. But unfortunately, this isn’t a job opening call, so don’t send me your resume, okay? I have about five freelancers I’ve been corresponding with over the past few months, while I got to a better place to bring more on (in other words: past launch and the possible loss of my sanity). All of them are experienced editors who somehow came recommended to me by various sources, and they have a wide variety of editorial interests (from fantasy and science fiction to mystery and thrillers). Right now, I’m in the process of updating all of the original materials I had put together for our freelance crew, reviewing processes and making sure that things are clear and understandable, now that I’ve been working with the original crew of freelancers for over six months (my, how time flies!) Once I’ve got everything updated, I’ll be talking with the prospective freelancers more closely to see if their interests and talents mesh with what Carina is looking for, and if we bring any of them onboard, I’ll be sure to introduce them here on the blog so you can continue to get a picture of the Carina freelance editors and their likes/dislikes and experience.
Also always of interest to the authors out there is a submissions update. I don’t actually have one for you right now, so hopefully I can post one this Friday as working on submissions is a major item on my to-do list this week.
In other news, the Carina team is getting geared up for RWA Nationals in Orlando at the end of the month. On my schedule is a workshop on Friday where I’ll be speaking with author Jaci Burton about digital publishing, a Carina Press cocktail party Friday afternoon and the ESPAN inaugural tea where I’m flattered to be the guest speaker. And on Saturday, the Carina Press spotlight. More information on all of those to come in a separate post.
We’ve been acquiring a good number of books–including non-romance books–that we’re very excited about and I’ll have to start posting about those. Maybe on Mondays :P Through November, we’ll continue to release 1-2 books a week. In December, we’re going to be releasing a number of holiday-themed novellas. Then, starting in January, we’ll be increasing releases to 2-3 books/week. We’ve gotten a lot of really excellent submissions.
If you’re interested in sneak peeks of upcoming cover art, I post 2-3 new covers on our Facebook account every Thursday.
Now that we’ve launched, it seems like what’s happening behind-the-scenes should probably have slowed down, but there’s still a lot going on. We’re always thinking and planning the next thing, and looking at what’s working and what’s not.
So tell me, is there anything behind-the-scenes that you’ve been wondering about?